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5 More Sleeps 'Til Christmas

By Stephanie Snyder, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Special with minor conflicts reminds us change can be good.

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This simple Christmas story deals with complex experiences, feelings, and themes. 5 More Sleeps 'Til Christmas is a holiday special that addresses the joy and difficulty of growing up. Young viewers will relate to the feelings of excitement and anticipation of the holiday season. Some may see their own experiences reflected as the main character struggles with his mother's attempt at blending their family. Parents and kids may identify with the social awkwardness and conflict that can come with the holidays. Some viewers will delight in seeing racially ambiguous characters and a mixed-race family being represented.

A few plot holes may raise eyebrows, especially from grown-ups. Let's be real -- who lets little kids decorate the Christmas tree by themselves? Those same grown-ups may or may not let their opinion (good or bad) of Jimmy Fallon (and his talent as a narrator) interfere with their viewing of 5 More Sleeps 'Til Christmas. The unique computer animation makes the show visually appealing and distracts from those minor issues. Families are left with a show that gets them in the holiday spirit and gives them lots to discuss.

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